Managing Your Time
The mind is a powerful tool in managing your time. Most people have tried to tackle at least one time management tool to put order into their day. So how do you maximize the value of your time? Time is the only aspect of your life that can’t be replaced.
I found this interesting post on StartUpSmart.com “Using your commuting time to clear your mind.” They gave a strong example on managing the transitions in one’s life.
Recently I was struck by the central idea of a book called The Third Space by Adam Fraser, who argues that how we move from one mindset to another is crucial in terms of managing a busy life.
I find, with the varied clients that I am handling, that transitions from one to the other can be challenging. There is always a residue of one client bleeding into another which takes time for me to clear my mind and focus on the current client. On a day when I’m juggling work for several clients by the end of the day, I’m tired.
Since I don’t have commuting time, I wanted to translate the concept and create a transition time which would allow me to clear the residue from one client. If I hadn’t completed work with client A, I park the tasks on my To Do list, so I can clear my head. When I get up and walk around, stretch, get a drink, this is the time I can use to think about what was completed and what I need now to do with this other client. A few minuetes of stretching is a tool I use to release tension from concentrating and sitting for an extended period.
Time is precious, and in this fast paced world how we handle the transitions that occurs throughout the day is important. Sometimes we are pulled away unnecessarily and protecting our time is important.